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NEW ORLEANS -- For Brett Fell and family, it's a constant struggle.

For nearly a year now, they've been consumed by the possible scenarios and what-ifs, as their relentless search for answers continues.

Brett's brother, Shane Fell, disappeared the night of June 10 last year.

In the time since, clues have been almost non-existent.

'We still have no pertinent information on Shane's whereabouts,' Brett said. 'We constantly think about him every day, and we love him.'

The mystery began along River Road in Marrero, where Fell flipped his car into a ditch near a sharp curve.

Moments later, he called Brett to come pick him up, but when Brett arrived, Shane was nowhere to be found.

He hasn't been seen since.

For many days after, friends and family scoured areas near the crash site, on both sides of the Mississippi River levee. They sought out people who may have driven by just after the accident and, at one point, actually made contact with someone who claimed Shane declined their offer to help him.

Each effort turned up nothing.

Now, more than 11 months later, signs bearing their pleas for help still hang near the crash site, visible to passers-by.

'Every day we're reminded that (Shane's) not here and just hoping that we get some kind of information -- whether he can get brought back to us safely or if the worst has happened -- just to be able to get some closure of some sort,' Brett said.

Initially, investigators with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office suggested Shane may have simply left the accident scene to avoid legal trouble, Brett said.

It's a scenario loved ones wish were true but, sadly, one they find hard to believe.

'I'm hoping that he is out there, but I'm thinking that something bad could've happened and it happened pretty quick,' Brett said. 'Whether, maybe, he was trying to walk away and made his way into the street, and somebody might have hit him or something.'

Family members said they haven't heard from detectives in months.

We reached out to the JPSO for information on the case, but no one got back to us Tuesday.

With the investigation seemingly stalled, the Fells now hope a remorseful conscience may lead to a revelation about what happened to Shane.

'If he cannot come home to us in the way that we want, (we hope) that somebody, the burden, the Good Lord will put the burden on them, that they'll need to come out and confess what has happened,' Brett said. 'It's hard. We'll never forget him.'

The Fells ask anyone with information in the case to call authorities. They're also accepting anonymous tips by mail at the following address:

P.O. Box 2888
Gretna, LA 70054

There's a website dedicated to the search:

To mark the one-year anniversary of Shane's disappearance, family members invite the public to attend a vigil, where they'll release flying lanterns into the sky. The vigil will be held at the intersection of Marrero Road and River Road -- Sunday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m.

The case will be the focus of a show to air nationally on A&E in August, according to family members.

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